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[lxde]what makes mint LXDE faster?

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:53 am
by godsotherhand
well i originally had mint 10 and now switched to linux mint LXDE.
and i noticed that the same game got a boost in fps from 20 to 60+.
Could any1 tell me why did i get such a boost? what's so different between lxde and mint 10?

Re: what makes mint LXDE faster?

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:15 am
by ThistleWeb
LXDE is a much lighter weight Desktop Environment than Gnome. This means it uses a lot less resources to idle, less RAM, less CPU etc. The difference can be that on older hardware Gnome runs VERY slow, if at all, or on modern hardware LXDE flies noticeably faster and more snappy. It's a combination of the environment, it's services and applications. LXDE was designed to be light.

Re: what makes mint LXDE faster?

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:35 am
by godsotherhand
but do u loose some functions when switching to the LXDE mint?
Except visual effects and stuff like that.
also, software compatible with the normal version will be compatible with LXDE, right?

Re: what makes mint LXDE faster?

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:02 am
by ThistleWeb
Every environment is different in what it includes or doesn't include, sometimes things are more manual than automatic daemons constantly running on the off chance you may need them. All of the software will work just fine. You can install things like Nautilus and Firefox in LXDE if you like. Keep in mind though that the LXDE suite of applications are chosen to be light, so the more you bloat that, the less the advantage will be. If you're using Nautilus, remember to set it to run with the --no-desktop flag or it will give the Gnome right click menu on the desktop.

For most general users any of the environments will have enough for them. It's all about what you expect, what you like control over and what you could happily leave as the default choices.

Re: what makes mint LXDE faster?

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:27 am
by Hezy
It's true that LXDE is lighter than Gnome, but an improvement of x3 in fps is too big to be explained by that alone. My guess is that you had compiz turned on in Gnome. Compiz uses a big chunk of the computing power of the display hardware. If you turned compiz off in Gnome, I believe that the fps could have been much closer to what you see in LXDE.

Re: what makes mint LXDE faster?

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:09 pm
by godsotherhand
does turning all visual effects off in mint stops compiz? cus when i had no visual effects i couldnt even watch a movie (getting fps of 1 or 2), only with the visual effects turned on could i watch movies at normal fps.